Skywood House: And the Architecture of Graham Phillips
Phyllis Richardson and Kenneth Powell
Skywood has been called ‘a house that turns lifestyle into a work of art’ and one that ‘offers a masterclass in architecture’s power to excite and inspire’. As a structure, it reflects rigour and attention to detail, attributes that its creator, Graham Phillips, credits both to his time at Foster & Partners, and to his experiences of buildings he loves, from Mies van der Rohe’s Barcelona Pavilion and Luis Barragán’s house in Mexico City, to the serene composition of Japanese gardens. Skywood House garnered immediate acclaim from the architectural and popular press. It also became a favoured setting for television and film producers, who found in its pure form and exquisite geometries the perfect backdrop for an array of dramatic scenarios. Known as the ‘Va Va Voom’ house for its appearance in the 2005 Renault Clio television advert featuring the football titan Thierry Henry, Skywood continues to attract a popular and critical audience. And Phillips’s further projects, carried out as an independent architect, resonate with the same sense of precision and elegance.
Phyllis Richardson has published numerous books on lifestyle, interiors and building, including Living Modern, the XS series, Contemporary Natural, and the London and Paris volumes of the ‘StyleCity’ travel series. Richard Powers’s previous books include Living Modern, Tropical Minimal and The Iconic House, all published by Thames & Hudson. Kenneth Powell is an architectural historian, critic and consultant. He has written extensively on 20th-century and contemporary British architecture, and is the author of books on the work of Norman Foster, Richard Rogers and other major British architects. He is an honorary fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architects and has served on the Council of the Architectural Association.